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So you’ll all be taking a pay cut then, will you?

MPS could be given Fridays off under plans currently being considered by... er, MPs.

The move to a four-day week is just one of the ideas suggested to the Commons procedure committee, which makes recommendations over sitting hours.

Would we notice the difference? Well, hopefully, we might.

MPs are rarely at Westminster on Fridays anyway. Most travel home – erm sorry, to their constituencies – when debates finish on Thursdays.

When the Commons sits on Friday – only 13 times a year – MPs discuss Private Members’ Bills which are unlikely to become law. So, it’s hardly worth the bother of turning up.

But a revamp could see Bills debated earlier in the week so more MPs take part, freeing Fridays for them to hold local surgeries, attend constituency events – and see more of their families.

Other plans include earlier finishes for midweek sittings, allowing MPs to go home earlier.

Some politicians worry the four-day week plan will be hugely controversial and will likely be met with scathing bitterness by an electorate growing increasingly disillusioned with politicians.

Don’t see it myself. All are moves to be welcomed, surely. Shorter working weeks are in keeping with these days of austerity.

We are all in this together, after all and a shorter working week will be so much cheaper, since an MP’s pay will be adjusted (cut) accordingly... won’t it?


Have your say

To be honest most MPs are hard working decent and honest people. While it is fair to say that most MPs were extravagant in the past with their expenses, most of it wasnt fraudulent. It was an over generous system in which MPs were positively encouraged to milk. And milk they did.

It is fair to say a great number of MPs are egotistical, but so what? That's the kind of person who is attracted to politics.

I think John Stevenson, though a lot quieter than Farron or Rory is actually a bloody hard worker (a majority of under a thousand concentrates minds), but though i have never met him, Jamie Reed is the same.

MPs pay might sound extremely high if you are stacking shelves or emptying bins, but in the professions not so. An MP's salary is similar to a head teacher, mid level solicitor, substantially below a GP or Dentist, and not far off a successful plumber and builder.

Posted by Jim on 30 July 2012 at 18:19

Trevor, two Cumbrian MPs for starters do a decent job for their constituents, Tim Farron and Rory Stewart.

Posted by Ian on 26 July 2012 at 10:49

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